Sitting proudly at the top of the Shotley Peninsula, Shotley Marina provides a safe harbour for yachtsmen and women and a wonderful base for exploring the rivers and inland of this lovely corner of Suffolk.
Created on what used to be the athletics track and field of HMS Ganges, where the mast and Martello tower still look over the berths, the marina can host more than 350 boats and a manned lock gate system means it is accessible 24/7.
Sailors can berth and use the marina facilities which include free wi-fi, showers, toilets, a launderette, and electricity and water are provided for the 350 berths available. Visitors can stock up on essentials from the chandlery, and get advice on sailing down the rivers Orwell and Stour, or other inlets further down the coast.
Britannia Sailing School offers a wide choice of courses for both novice and experienced sailors, to improve skills or gain any necessary certificates. Once ashore, it's just a short stroll down to The Shipwreck bar and restaurant, a popular haunt for sailors from all across Europe. Open all day, there are two bars and a restaurant area offering a range of three course meals and bar snacks from breakfast through to dinner.
Although a working boatyard, Shotley Marina is a magnet for both sailors and non-sailors, with its tranquil setting, interesting nearby walks and proximity to beach and countryside.
The 98 bus from Ipswich to Shotley terminates at the marina, while the 202 stops at the bottom of Bristol Hill, a short walk away along the promenade.
Shotley Marina Ltd, Shotley Gate, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 1QJ
T: 01473 788982